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Jeff Burgar The hand wringing over what went wrong isn’t quite over. The shoulder shrugging that it doesn’t mean very much isn’t quite over. Some people now say they got so few votes is because people hate them! Some people…

Jeff Burgar The saying sort of goes, “People usually get the government they deserve.” The source for this saying runs from the biblical Book of Judges to Socrates, to Toqueville. People not only cannot not agree where the saying comes…
Clegg’s Corner – Let’s proceed

I hate it when everyone is right. The squabble between some members of High Prairie town council, Northern Lakes College and High Prairie School Division over where to put the new college campus, and hopefully an Integrated College Campus, is…

Mac Olsen A century after the Red October Revolution, I am satisfied with the collapse of the Soviet Union and that its communist government has wound up in the landfill. But what a surprise it was to witness the decline…

Why is it that Big Lakes County can’t do as good a job of getting rid of excess water as the M.D. of Lesser Slave River does? Is it because of incompetence or sheer stupidity, or both? I think Big…

Jeff Burgar “Motherhood and apple pie!” – “Let’s all work together!” – “We are moving forward!” – “This is a good town!” – “We are making great progress!” And, oh, so much more! All of course, said at the High…
Clegg’s Corner – Words of wisdom from Tommie Smith

There are citizens who desperately try to bring about change for the better. Then there are those who sit back and do little. Very little! Next week, High Prairians will vote for a new council. Eleven individuals have stepped forward…

Katrina Owens Winter is slowly making its way up here in northern Alberta, however it seems like other parts of Canada don’t yet need to brace for the cold. I personally would take colder temperatures over hot and sticky ones…

The High Prairie School Division board of trustees feel obliged to respond to the article in the South Peace News on Wednesday, Sept. 20, 2017, entitled “Some councillors feel snubbed”. Mayor Linda Cox and several councillors talk about the “old…

Jeff Burgar Oooh, those Big Lakes County councillors sure have guts! That’s only one conclusion after a move last week by High Prairie town councillors. Town councillors decided to play it safe. Be secure. Be careful. And mostly, just cover…
Clegg’s Corner – Latest delay boggles the mind

Whoever said life wasn’t going to be easy wasn’t kidding. For years, High Prairie residents have anxiously waited for Tim Hortons to build and open. Visions of sipping on a Double Double and munching on their favourite doughnut danced in…

Using renal dialysis as an example, [there are many more] I would like to point out that it doesn’t cost any more to have people who are receiving dialysis to be treated in smaller centres. If 100 people need dialysis,…

We wanted to give a big thank you to Ray Prevost and the town of High Prairie for an absolutely wonderful sanctioned horseshoe tournament Sept. 2-3. We have traveled pretty much every weekend from May to September participating in tournaments…

Chris Clegg This weekend, some of the most famous characters in history turn 67. The first Peanuts cartoon strip was published Oct. 2, 1950 by Charles M. Schulz. Peanuts had an incredible run until Feb. 13, 2000 or just under…

Jeff Burgar Every so often, somebody throws a monkey wrench into things and the whole machine of good intentions and wonderful possibilities collapses. High Prairie’s new hospital? A great project combined with a continuing care facility that is second to…

Chris Clegg, Editor, South Peace News The first lesson our journalism class was taught at Lethbridge Community College was the best lesson we ever learned. “No matter what you write,” our instructor told us,” “someone is going to hate it!”…

Joe McWilliams It’s always good fun watching a city and a sports team duking it out in public over a stadium. That’s what happened last week in Calgary when negotiations broke down between the Flames and the City of Calgary.…

In the new edition of Our Canada magazine there is an article on page 52 that is based on the Second World War Spirit Talkers [Code Talkers]. It explains how a code in a First Nations language was developed for…

Jeff Burgar American actress Jennifer Lawrence, of Hunger Games, Passengers and more, used to seem like a reasonable role model. Perhaps that is because people tend to think actors and actresses in real life have mostly the same personalities they…

Chris Clegg, Editor, South Peace News I was ready to roast Northern Lakes College, High Prairie School Division, and Holy Family Catholic Regional School Division, over a letter sent Sept. 7 to various levels of the Government of Alberta. At…